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quinella

[ kee-nel-uh, kwi- ]
/ kiˈnɛl ə, kwɪ- /
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noun

a type of bet, especially on horse races, in which the bettor, in order to win, must select the first- and second-place finishers without specifying their order of finishing.
a race in which such bets are made.

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Origin of quinella

1940–45, Americanism;<American Spanish quiniela, equivalent to Spanish quin(a) (<French quinekeno) + -iela noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for quinella

quinella
/ (kwɪˈnɛlə) /

noun

Australian and NZ a form of betting on a horse race in which the punter bets on selecting the first and second place-winners in any order

Word Origin for quinella

from American Spanish quiniela a game of chance
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